United States Congress Joint Economic Committee

Maine

October 2019

Labor Market (BLS/Haver)
Most Recent Prior Month 12 Mo. Prior
Maine Unemployment (U-3) 2.9% 3.0% 3.5%
U.S. Official Rate (U-3) 3.5% 3.7% 3.7%
U.S. "Real" Rate (U-6) 6.9% 7.2% 7.5%
Maine Labor Force Participation Rate 62.4% 62.5% 63.2%
U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate 63.2% 63.2% 62.7%
Prices (BLS/Haver, AAA)
Most Recent Prior Month 12 Mo. Prior
CPI-U Inflation 1.7% 1.7% 2.3%
"Core" CPI Inflation 2.4% 2.4% 2.2%
National Gas/gal. Updated 10/16/19 12:00 AM $2.66 $2.56 $2.88
Maine Gas/gal. $2.54 $2.53 $2.87
Northeast Region: Loaf of Bread $1.15 $1.19 $1.20
Northeast Region: Ground Beef/lb. $3.85 $3.74 $4.16
Economic Growth (BEA, WSJ/Haver)
U.S. Real GDP
Q2/2019 (3rd Estimate)
2.0%
ME Real GDP
Q2/2018
3.4%
S&P 500 (YTD)
19.50% Updated 10/16/19 5:00 AM
Minimum Wage (DOL/WHD)
National Hourly Rate
$7.25
ME Hourly Rate
$11.00
Last Generated: 10/16/19 5:14 AM